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Immunotherapy: A Different Approach to Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN, JoyB

The Promising Future of Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy A Different Approach To Cancer Treatment

Instead of disrupting the immune system like other treatments do, immunotherapy uses certain parts of your own immune system to fight cancer. Cancer cells often hide from the body’s immune system, but immunotherapy works to understand how cancer works, helping the immune cells find cancer cells and destroy them. Immunotherapy helps your body fight cancer in a couple different ways, including:

A) Giving your body important immune system components, such...

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Hope And The Stage IV Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient remembers the day of diagnosis. I refer to that day as “the day time stood still.” The common thread for every story is the deep, gut-wrenching fear that grips you. Some people cry while others sit quietly. Everyone tries to understand the enormity of what they’ve just heard.

Hope And The Stage Iv Diagnosis

Rectal bleeding prompted my referral to a colorectal surgeon. A colonoscopy confirmed I had rectal cancer. The surgeon scheduled chest, abdomen, and pelvic CT scans along with a rectal MRI and told...

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Cancer Facts We Learned From Survivors, Not the Doctor

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter "Cllinda" recently posted a question to the WhatNext Community that asked "What one piece of advice did you gain from this site vs. your doctor? The reason I asked this is because of this site talking about ports. My doctor never mentioned it and I would not have known if it wasn't for this site. Once I asked for it, he agreed to let me have one. But I had to ask for it. So I was wondering what other people have learned about here." 

Cancer Facts We Learned From Survivors, Not The Doctor

These are some of the things that...

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7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

by GregP_WN

Whether you know it or not, you are an inspiring person. Right now there are several people that are watching your journey and thinking to themselves that you are one strong, tough, and inspiring cancer fighter. Other cancer patients that see your story at WhatNext will be inspired and will gain hope simply by reading your story. When other cancer patients read the story of survivors, they gain hope and inspiration and have faith, that if you can do it, then so can they. 

7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

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Cancer's Effect on the Concept of Time

by GregP_WN

You have probably experienced this before throughout your cancer journey, you look at the clock and it says 1:05, then after what seems like 30 minutes, it's only 1:09. Cancer and the anxiety we have when trying to navigate through everything has an effect on our concept of time. It seems to happen in both directions too, it will speed time up or slow it down, depending on the situation.

Be On Time

My Father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at the age of 71. I remember sitting with him in the exam...

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February 4th, 2018 - World Cancer Day

by GregP_WN

February 4th, 2018 is World Cancer Day. This year's theme is "We Can, I Can", with the hashtags of #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan. With the rise in social media use, the UICC hopes that everyone will post on all social media channels to these create trending hashtags. It is a global event taking place every Feb. 4th uniting the World's population in the fight against cancer. 

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The UICC says "Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2018 will explore how...

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What Would Your "Farewell Note" Say?

by GregP_WN

Four months ago, a new app was launched called MyFarewellNote – it’s an app that allows people to leave messages for friends, family and loved ones, should the worst happen. Individuals can leave messages as just a typed message, photos, audio or videos or a combination of all four. 

My Farewell Note App

Some people might say why is there a need for this app but when you consider how many tragic events occur around the world on a daily basis, we believe that it is vitally important that individuals leave...

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Surviving Head and Neck Cancer 2X Over 32 Years

by GregP_WN

Our blog post today is from our WhatNexter of the Week, "LCompston". She is a two-time head and neck cancer survivor and was kind enough to share all of the details of her 32-year journey, the good, bad and ugly.

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I believe my journey started in the 7th and 8th grade of school. It was the start of me surviving head and neck cancer 2X over 32 years. I always had Mono and was in and out of the doctor and on antibiotics all the time. In 8th grade, I had a major math test. Right before the...

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Still Fighting CLL After 12 Years and Still on Top

by GregP_WN

"Still_Fighting" is a 12-year survivor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), although she is still on maintenance treatments, and likely will be for the rest of her life, she says she is still doing well and living her life. Take a look at her story, and drop by her Homepage at WhatNext and giver her a big CONGRATULATIONS for staying on top in her fight. In this guest blog post, she details her fight with CLL.

Still Fighting Cll After 12 Years

I really didn't have any indications that I had CLL that I was aware of or my...

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How to Talk to Your Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

by GregP_WN

WhatNexters often feel that a lot of financial aspects of cancer go way over their heads. Even if a patient has health insurance, there can be anxiety when dealing with paying for treatment and insurance coverage. WhatNexters recommend taking a deep breath, staying calm, and doing your homework to find resources to help sort through the challenges.

How To Talk To The Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

Below are some common problems that WhatNexters have faced with their insurance situations. See what other WhatNexters had to say:

The...

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